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Contempt of Court action against Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya fixed for April 28

The Contempt of Court action filed against National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Convener Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya was yesterday fixed for April 28 by the Court of Appeal.

The Court was informed that the respondent, Prof. Wijesuriya is yet to file objections against the Contempt of Court proceedings.

The Court of Appeal two-judge-Bench comprising Justice Kumuduni Wickremasinghe and Justice Priyantha Fernando fixed the contempt of court application to be taken up before a separate bench on April 28.

On a previous occasion, the Court of Appeal had issued summons on Prof. Wijesuriya regarding a Contempt of Court action filed by Attorney-at-Law Sampath Vijitha Kumara and retired Army Officer Anil Wasantha Alwis.

The petitioners are concerned with the continuously statements made by Prof. Wijesuriya, at a public gathering and via public media on the judges, scandalizing the judiciary and the entire system of administration of justice in order to advance the calculated motive of diminishing public confidence in the judiciary.

Through this petition, the petitioners are urging that steps be taken against Prof. Wijesuriya as per Article 105(3) of the constitution on the offences of contempt of Court by several speeches made by him on several occasions.

The petitioners are urging to punish the respondent for the offence of contempt of court under Article 105 (3) of the Constitution.

The petitioners stated that on or around October 15, 2016 the Independent Cinema Movement of Sri Lanka has uploaded a voice cut of the respondent on Youtube, expressing his views on the court order for halt the screening of Prasanna Vithanage’s film ‘Usaviya Nihadai’ (Silence in Court).

The petitioners further stated that Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya delivered another speech on or around September 13, 2016 at the book launch of ‘Jana Aragalayaka Diya Salakuna’ at Public Library, Auditorium where he uttered the contemptuous statement.

The petitioners further stated that August 21, 2018, at a press conference organized by National Movement for Social Justice, the respondent had made another contemptuous statement.

The petitioners further said the statements made by respondent were amount to undermining the independence of the judiciary and eroding the integrity of the judiciary.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena with Milham Mohammed appeared for the petitioners. President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya appeared for Prof. Wijesuriya.

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Contempt of court action against Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya fixed for April 28 (12:08)

The contempt of court action filed against Convener of National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Prof.Sarath Wijesuriya was today fixed for April 28 by Court of Appeal.

The Court was informed that the respondent, Prof. Wijesuriya is yet to file objections against the contempt of proceedings.

Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice Kumuduni Wickremasinghe and Justice Priyantha Fernando fixed the contempt of court application to be taken up before a separate bench on April 28.


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